A new bar has hopped up on Melbourne’s famous Manchester Lane. Differing from all the other bars mushrooming about the city, Shebeen has a unique drawcard that helps to justify your hangover. The bar sells beers from 11 Third World Countries and is Australia’s first non-profit bar. With 100% of profits going to the developing world it seems the bigger your headache, the better you will feel.
After years of aid work in South Africa, Co-Director Simon Griffiths was inspired by the local illicit pubs, or ‘Shebeens’, as places to congregate and socialise. The combination of its South African influence along with its buzzing central location in the Melbourne CBD makes for a relaxed and quirky vibe.
By channelling the consumer economy and harnessing our social drinking culture, Griffiths has provided a way to support development projects that is unique and fun. By buying a Windhoek, the Namibian beer you are supporting mothers2mothers, an organisation working to eliminate HIV transmission from pregnant mothers to their babies. Or perhaps a Tusker beer from Kenya? Funds from these go to One Acre Fund to help farmers from Kenya and Rwanda plant, harvest and sell their own crops to become self sufficient.
With profits being as beneficial as this, it’s about time for another round!